The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name – On the Therapeutic Action and
the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

~Sponsored by the Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP) Training Program~

~Saturday, December 9, 2017~

This presentation will address an historical and current-day taboo; the loving, romantic, and erotic feelings that often arise on both sides of the couch, but seldom get discussed in the literature. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of absent, violent, or otherwise unavailable fathers on their heterosexual sons and the resulting longing for male attention, admiration, and love, which often includes a need to be admired physically and romantically in ways their fathers could not provide. When this desire emerges in the treatment, the male therapist who experiences an erotic countertransference response and can manage potential anxiety and shame is in a unique position to provide the patient with these necessary supplies. Through exploration of newly evolving theory and detailed case examples, Kuchuck will explore ways in which these therapist–patient subjective responses become a vital component of the therapeutic action and/or interfere with progress in treatment. Ample time will be allotted for audience discussion.


Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910

9:00 am-12:30 pm